Activities & Recreation
Following is a selection of programs and agencies that offer activities for seniors. Some are free, others vary by cost.
Centers that offer fitness programs as the main focus or in addition to other activities are marked with an asterisk (*). The health and fitness clubs offer organized programs designed for seniors. Some charge initial enrollment and monthly fees; others have an annual fee or charge by the class. Some offer senior discounts.
Some churches offer senior fitness classes and activities, open to the public. Some elderly-only public housing units have activity centers that welcome community members as well as residents. They offer activities such as suppers, special and educational trips, classes and communal volunteer opportunities. See Housing for locations and phone numbers. For a list of Knox County senior centers that offer activities exclusively for seniors, see Senior Centers.
In this section, asterisks (*) indicate organizations that offer senior-specific fitness programs.
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs*: 470-7909
Arthritis Foundation Life Improvement Series classes are offered throughout Knox County and East Tennessee. Aquatic and floor exercises, tai chi, and Walk With Ease programs are designed for persons with arthritis and related conditions but anyone can participate. Includes gentle exercise and movements designed to improve flexibility, muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Call for class schedules and cost. | Website »
Beck Cultural Exchange Center: 524-8461
1927 Dandridge Avenue, 37915
Oral history projects, reminiscence writing, exhibits. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. | Website »
Covenant Health Passport: 541-4500
1921 Topside Road, Suite 203, Louisville 37777
Free membership program for adults 50+ with health screenings, seminars, and fitness programs. Discounts on hospital cafeterias, gift shops, and parking (Fort Sanders Regional only). Special discounted members’ events. | Website »
Covenant Health’s Bodyworks*: 541-4500
Group fitness program for seniors; low-impact aerobics, toning and flexibility exercises. Classes throughout Knox and other counties. Call for locations and schedules. Low cost. | Website »
East District Tennessee Senior Olympics: 436-4990
Gatlinburg Community Center, 156 Proffitt Road, Gatlinburg, 37738
Olympic-style athletic event for adults age 50+, including golf, tennis, track and field, bowling, swimming, and others. District events held annually; winners qualify for state competition. Preregistration required. | Website »
Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center*: 531-5063
270 Fort Sanders West Boulevard, 37922
Senior Fitness class offers toning, cardiovascular activity, and floor work. Also, Aqua, Go Low, Jointercize, and yoga. Membership fee. | Website »
Humana Guidance Center*: 329-8892
4438 Western Avenue, 37921
Fitness classes such as Silver Sneakers and tai chi, health and wellness seminars, social activities, and customer support; information about Humana plans. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Website »
Jump Start Health & Fitness Program*: 687-4537
Associated Therapeutics, Inc.
2704 Mineral Springs Avenue, 37917
Aquatic exercise, strength and conditioning programs, weight management, group fitness classes, yoga. Membership fee. | Website »
Knox County Recreation Department: 215-6600
2447 Sutherland Avenue, 37919
Speakers and free or low-cost activities. | Website »
Knoxville City Recreation Department*: 215-4311
400 Main Street, City-County Building, Room 303, 37902
Senior activities, including dances, field trips, arts and crafts, and exercise programs at recreation centers. Indoor pools at South Knoxville, Dr. E. V. Davidson and Knoxville Adaptive centers. Most activities free or low cost. | Website »
Knoxville Jewish Alliance/Jewish Family Services: 690-6343
6800 Deane Hill Drive, 37919
Regular programs, including speakers, luncheons, classes. Information and referrals for individual and family counseling available; eldercare consultations. Nonmembers welcome. | Website »
National Fitness Center*
Water aerobics, exercise classes for seniors. Gentle Cardio Conditioning program includes aerobics, walking, strength training, wellness education, and social programs. Days vary. Membership fee. | Website »
3030 Tazewell Pike, 37918
5621 Merchants Center, 37912
2934 Alcoa Highway, 37920
8511 Walbrook Drive, 37923
National Park Passes: 1-888-275-8747
For seniors and persons with disabilities, federal recreation passes offer lifetime entrance to most national parks and TVA campgrounds and other recreation areas with entrance fees. Also, 50% discount on fees for facilities and services such as boat launch and tours (some restrictions). Disabled persons can get a free Access Pass with proof of medically determined permanent disability. Persons age 62+ can get a Senior Pass for $10 with proof of age and residency. Call or check website for a list of locations and how to buy passes. | Website »
SAIL–Stay Active & Independent for Life: 215-5175
Knox County Health Department
140 Dameron Avenue, 37917
Strength and balance exercises to help prevent falls; offered at area senior centers and other venues in Knox and surrounding counties. | Website »
For a list of Knox County senior centers that offer activities just for seniors, see Senior Centers.
Seniors for Creative Learning: 974-0150
Partnership between O’Connor Senior Center and UT Conferences & Noncredit
Organization of seniors (55+) dedicated to learning and sharing their love of learning with others. Sessions are offered twice yearly, in the spring and fall. Membership fees. | Website »
Tennova Health & Fitness Center*: 859-7900
Member of Tennova Healthcare
7540 Dannaher Drive, Powell, 37849
Fitness program for people of all ages; some classes seniors only. Exercise equipment and classes; walking groups. Community health education and exercise classes. Membership fee. | Website »
Tennova Senior Membership: 647-5689
900 E. Oak Hill Avenue, 37917
Free membership healthy living program for adults 55+. Offers educational and social programs, health screenings, valet parking discount, seminars, and discounts at Tennova Health & Fitness Center. | Website »
Wesley House: 524-5494
1719 Reynolds Street, 37921
Luncheons, planned activities, and weekly trips for adults 62+. Low cost. | Website »
Recreation; informal education. Branches offer level-appropriate fitness classes, including cardio, water, and low-impact aerobics. Payment options, scholarships available. Participates in Silver Sneakers program, in which membership is free. | Website »
Lindsay Young Downtown: 522-9622
605 W. Clinch Avenue, 37902
616 Jessamine Street, 37917
Silver Sneakers, Makin’ Waves, Zumba Gold.
Davis Family: 777-9622
12133 S. Northshore Drive, 37922
Silver Sneakers, Silver Splash, Silver Stretch (yoga), Zumba Gold
Bob Temple North Side: 922-9622
7609 Maynardville Highway, 37938
Silver Sneakers, Silver Splash, Silver Stretch (yoga), Aqua
Zumba, Zumba Gold.
West Side: 690-9622
400 N. Winston Road, 37909
Silver Sneakers, Silver Splash, Senior Yoga, Senior Spin, Senior Zumba, Aqua Zumba.
Recreation, informal education, exercise classes. | Website »
420 W. Clinch Avenue, 37902
Walking and toning, fitness center, therapeutic pool exercise class; costs vary.
Phyllis Wheatley: 546-0651
124 S. Cruze Street, 37915
Senior Network meets weekly for lunch, followed by crafts and games. Free.